Pleasantville Book Club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s.  The selection is “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman.

Holiday bazaar

Are you searching for a unique gift? Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Pleasantville VFD Auxiliary will hold its annual holiday bazaar. More than 40 vendors will provide hand-crafted gifts, indoor/outdoor décor, purses, clothing, jewelry, baked goods, snacks, and more.

There will also be a chance auction.

The kitchen will be open, and will feature homemade soups.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Pleasantville will hold Treasures for Children sign-ups on Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Pleasantville United Methodist Church. This program is for newborns through age 13. Please bring your access card and driver’s license to sign up. To learn more, call Judy, at (814) 673-6682.

Free Thanksgiving dinner

A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be hosted by Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, Nov. 24, from noon to 3 p.m. The dinner will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, pie, and beverages.  

Reservations are appreciated, but not required.

Delivery and take-out will also be available. The dinner will be held in the Pleasantville Presbyterian Chapel, on East State Street.

If you would like to make a reservation, please call, 589-5427.

Seasonal auction

The next scheduled auction will be Nov. 9. The auxiliary kitchen will open at 4:30 p.m.    The fire department auction season will conclude Dec. 13. This is a great opportunity to do Christmas shopping.

Holidays

Today, Nov. 1: All Saint’s Day

Nov. 2: All Soul’s Day, Deviled Egg Day, Look for Circles Day, and Plan Your Epitaph Day

Nov. 3: Housewife’s Day, Men Make Dinner Day, and Sandwich Day

Nov. 4: King Tut Day

Nov. 5: Book Lovers Day, Gunpowder Day, and Guy Fawkes Day

Nov. 6: Marooned without a Compass Day and Saxophone Day

Nov. 7: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

Guy Fawkes Day and Gunpowder Day are the same holiday.

In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. An avid Protestant, he began persecuting Catholics in the country. He forbid Catholics from practicing their religion, and punished Catholics who did not convert to the Protestant Church.

The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who sought to take action against the king. They plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. They planned to do so, when the king and his supporters were in the buildings. 

Their plot was uncovered on Nov. 5, 1605. Thirty-six barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament.

Guy Fawkes, the leader of the conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. 

He was arrested just as he was about to ignite the gunpowder.

People in England celebrate this holiday with fireworks and bonfires.

Birdseed wreath

This is a great project to do with your children. Not only can they help make the wreath, but they will also be able to watch all the birds come to it and eat.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of suet melted and strained, fresh cranberries, 4 cups birdseed, 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts. 

Directions: Cut suet into small chunks and heat in a saucepan until it melts. Once it is melted, strain it through the cheesecloth and allow it to harden to a solid. Once it has, repeat the process again, melt and then strain.

Once you have strained it twice, measure out 1 1/2 cups of the melted suet and set it aside. Put your fresh cranberries along the bottom of a bundt cake pan and set aside.  Combine birdseed, dried cranberries and peanuts in a large bowl, mixing them thoroughly.  Add in your melted suet and mix it through. Use a large spoon to scoop the mixture into your bundt pan, pressing down on it firmly.

Place it in the freezer overnight to harden. The next day, pull it out of the freezer and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before trying to take it out of the mold.

Use a wide ribbon to hang it up outside when the temperature is around freezing. Keep the wreath out of direct sunlight so that it doesn’t melt. The birds will love it and it will definitely liven up your yard this winter.

Slow cooker chicken

& stuffing dinner for 3

Ingredients: Three boneless, skinless chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper, one 6-ounce box of stuffing mix, one can of cream of chicken soup, 1 cup green beans, 1 cup baby carrots, 1/2 cup chopped celery. 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, parsley, rosemary, garlic powder, 1 cup sour cream, and chicken broth. 

Directions: Place chicken breasts in the bottom of crockpot and season with salt, pepper and parsley. Add the chopped celery and onion. Combine stuffing mix with chicken soup, sour cream, broth, rosemary, and garlic powder. Stir in dried cranberries. Place on top of chicken. Place baby carrots and green beans on aluminum foil and make a packet, sealing the edges so they stay contained. Place vegetable packet on top of stuffing and cover slow cooker.  Cook on high for four hours, adding remaining broth and stirring stuffing occasionally so mixture doesn’t get dried out.  Remove veggie foil packet and make sure chicken is cooked through, then serve hot and enjoy.

Quote of the week

“To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.” — Isaac Watts

Contact information

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